Trump offers USA assistance to help restore Notre Dame

Trump offers USA assistance to help restore Notre Dame

Trump offers USA assistance to help restore Notre Dame

Most of the roof has been destroyed, its steeple has collapsed and an unknown number of artifacts and paintings have been lost.

The cathedral's famous 18th-century organ that boasts more than 8,000 pipes also survived.

According to France's Culture Minister Franck Riester, numerous main items in the cathedral were rescued from the fire, including the crown of thorns said to have been placed on Jesus' head, which was rescued by the Paris Fire Brigade's chaplain.

This 1911 photo shows the Notre Dame Cathedral, on the island called Ile de la Cite in Paris. "And we can do it".

Countries including the United Kingdom and Russian Federation have also offered their best experts to help with the rebuilding efforts, as individual donations towards the rebuilding continue to rise. "Today's dying, we trust, will bring rising", Dolan said outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan.

"They're going to have to consolidate the vault structure which was badly damaged by the fire and just be very careful about not removing any of the parts that are holding it together right now in the course of the restoration".

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised that France would rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, saying he hoped it could be done in five years.

"I shared it and asked for people's opinions - even my brother in Australia said it looks like Jesus".

In 2015, the late architect Andrew Tallon - who died towards the end of last year after a bout of brain cancer, aged just 49 - used more than one billion points of data to create an accurate digital structure of the 850-year old cathedral.

"But if the reconstruction we did for the game can help to enthuse people for the reconstruction, or if it allows people to visit (virtually) while they're waiting to go one day. that will already be our contribution".

Renovation work on the steeple, where workers were replacing its lead covering, is widely suspected to have caused the inferno after the blaze broke out in an area under scaffolding. Officials have reportedly ruled out the possibility that the blaze was deliberately set.

A public appeal for funds drew immediate support from French billionaires and other private donors, as well as from countries including Germany, Italy and Russian Federation, which offered expertise.

Hours later, his great rival Bernard Arnault, France's richest man and the head of Louis Vuitton owner LVMH, announced he was donating 200 million euros, moved by the alarming pictures on TV, according to a group spokesman. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, also tweeted a promise that Cupertino will be helping finance the rebuilding efforts.

But those in charge of carrying out restoration efforts at other historic cathedrals cautioned such work could take decades to complete.

Flames and smoke billow around the gargoyles decorating the roof and sides of the Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, on April 15.

Emmanuel Gregoire told BFMTV Tuesday that a plan to protect Notre Dame's treasures was rapidly and successfully activated.

One firefighter was injured but no one else was hurt, with the fire starting at around 6:30 p.m. after the building was closed to the public for the evening.

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